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Foods to Avoid Eating With Dental Crowns

author image Gwen Bruno
Gwen Bruno has been a full-time freelance writer since 2009, with her gardening-related articles appearing on DavesGarden. She is a former teacher and librarian, and she holds a bachelor's degree in education from Augustana College and master's degrees in education and library science from North Park University and the University of Wisconsin.
Foods to Avoid Eating With Dental Crowns
Avoid sticky foods like jelly beans while you have a temporary dental crown. Photo Credit Visage/Stockbyte/Getty Images

A dental crown is like a form-fitting cap placed over a tooth; it can restore both the appearance and function of a damaged tooth. Your dentist will first prepare your tooth to be fitted with a crown, then take impressions of the tooth and adjacent teeth before fitting you with a temporary crown that covers and protects your prepared tooth. After a dental lab manufactures your permanent crown -- a process which usually takes several weeks -- your dentist will complete the crown fitting.

Foods to Avoid With a Temporary Crown

Foods to Avoid Eating With Dental Crowns
Avoid chewing on crunchy vegetables such as carrots and celery. Photo Credit Eising/Photodisc/Getty Images

Because temporary crowns are made from acrylic, which is less strong than the metal, ceramic or porcelain material of a permanent crown, you must take extra precautions. Limit the amount of chewing you do on the side of your mouth where your temporary crown is located. Avoid chewing on hard candies, nuts and very crunchy fresh vegetables such as carrots on the same side of the mouth as your temporary crown. Until your permanent crown is in place, don’t eat sticky desserts or candy, including caramels, licorice, jelly beans, taffy, toffee and gummy bears, as they could pull the temporary crown off your tooth. Avoid chewing gum for the same reason.

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Hot Foods

Foods to Avoid Eating With Dental Crowns
Avoid hot foods if you're experiencing discomfort. Photo Credit Eising/Photodisc/Getty Images

Eating hot foods, such as coffee, soups or pizza, will do no damage to your temporary or permanent dental crown, but you may need to avoid them if you experience discomfort. Some individuals experience a mild-to-severe sensitivity in and around a crowned tooth when eating hot foods, particularly if they are affected with gum recession. If the problem persists, consult your dentist as the crown’s fit may require adjustment.

Cold Foods

Foods to Avoid Eating With Dental Crowns
If you experience pain eating cold foods you may need to avoid them. Photo Credit Thomas Northcut/Lifesize/Getty Images

You may need to avoid cold foods such as iced beverages or ice cream if you experience pain when eating them. Although they do not harm your crown, such foods can trigger sensitivity similar to that caused by hot foods if any part of your gum recedes enough to expose the root above a crowned tooth. Your dentist may suggest that you use a toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth; such toothpastes work by blocking the sensation traveling from the tooth to the nerves.

Sugary Foods

Foods to Avoid Eating With Dental Crowns
Avoid constant exposure to sugary foods such as candy, gum and soda. Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images

Once your tooth is fitted with a permanent dental crown, it should need no special care and demand no special dietary restrictions, according to the Cleveland Clinic. However, the underlying tooth remains susceptible to decay and/or gum disease just as your regular teeth do. Avoid constant exposure to sugary drinks, candy or gum, keep snacking to a minimum, and brush or rinse your teeth after eating chewy or sticky foods such as dried fruit, recommends the Medline Plus website.

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